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Symmetry breaking in the tunnelling conductance of a superconducting vortex

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1996
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Issue number24
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)L345-L352
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Recent STM experiments on c-axis tunnelling into a vortex core of YBCO have yielded a sub-gap differential conductance which is not invariant under a reversal of the applied bias. By computing the differential conductance G(E) of a normal-superconducting contact to all orders in the tunnelling strength, we predict that in the absence of open channels in the superconductor, G(E) is necessarily an even function of E and that an asymmetric current-voltage characteristic implies the existence of propagating bound-states within the vortex core.